Japan - Earthquake 2011 Friday, March 11, 2011

Map of Japan
Japan suffered a major earthquake today at 2:46 pm local time, it occurred about 230 miles northeast of Tokyo. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake had a magnitude of 8.9 on the Richter Scale.

We have put together a 7 page printable map of Japan as a PDF download great for classroom use or for displaying the maps on your interactive whiteboard.
  • Map of Japan
  • Tectonic Plates Under Japan
  • Blank Map of Japan
  • Outline Map of Japan
  • Tectonic Plates Outline
  • Tectonic Plates Blank Map
  • Blank Flag of Japan
Download the PDF Factfile on Japan


Classwork Ideas
Learn about Japan both its culture and geography. Discuss earthquakes and why they happen, why do they occur often in Japan, see tectonic plates. Research how the Richter Scale was invented and how it measures seismic activity. Study the maps, notice the location of the volcano Mount Fuji in Japan, compare its location with the tectonic plates, is there a reason a volcano might develop here? Colour the blank map and flag of Japan.

Resources:
Wikipedia article on the Earthquake
USGS Tsunami Forecast
USGS Tsunami Travel Times
NYT - Animation of Tectonic Plates
New York Times News
Irish Times News
NASA Map
NASA Photos

More Wikipedia Articles:
Japan
Pacific Ring of Fire
Tectonic Plates
Richter Scale
Mount Fuji
Tsunami

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